Archive for the 'Sad Places' Category

NAFF still a no-show for October

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020

Where have all the good times gone? That is one of several major understatements for today. Do your civic duty, C-Uvians, and then consider whether our film culture can rebuild after the drought.

August and everything NAFFter

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

Ye Ed is rooting for the film culture of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, to rebound from the turbulence of recent years. Not everything will survive, such as the theaters he recently photographed.

It’s ‘The End’ for GQT at Savoy 16

Friday, July 24th, 2020

In a restructuring effort by new ownership, the Goodrich Quality Theaters chain has decided to let go of the Savoy 16 IMAX in Savoy, IL. It could reopen if another tenant-operator fills the void.

Virus fells Orpheum, shorts Avon

Friday, July 3rd, 2020

Nationwide consensus is that small businesses and organizations will get raked over the coals before the pandemic is over. We look at how a first-run, mixed-use, and former movie theater are doing.

Odds sinking for Lincoln survival

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

The unused Lincoln Square Theatre in downtown Decatur, Illinois, is showing signs of disrepair on its exterior. Residents and officials may be at a tipping point in deciding the fate of the venue.

Help fundraise for riot, rock docs

Monday, April 6th, 2020

A pair of documentaries with downstate Illinois ties, WHITE HEAT/BLACK ASHES and WHERE ARE YOU, JAY BENNETT?, are close to completion. If interested and able, why not nudge them along?

C-U cinema hits a slippery slope

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

The scenes from a film culture that we have been watching mostly from afar fill us with mild disenchantment instead of wonder. And then we were ordered to self-shelter and keep personal spaces to ourselves. Joy.

Freaky Film friend needs our help

Friday, May 31st, 2019

People are paramount over the places and things in MICRO-FILM Country. Agreed? Then, you won’t mind if we address how you can help ease the financial bind of a friend and mother due to a major health crisis.

One less haunt remains in the C-U

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Espresso Royale on Daniel Street in Champaign, IL, will be closed and torn down, but we’ll always have our memories and film evidence of the coffee spot. What film evidence, you say? It’s minor, but, it exists!

Oscar nominated UI alumni gone

Monday, September 24th, 2018

University of Illinois alumni Richard Greenberg and Thomas Rickman, who built Hollywood careers as a main titles designer and screenplay writer, respectively, passed away during the summer months of 2018.

Indie Art Con is non-starter in C-U

Sunday, August 5th, 2018

Both C-U Confidential and editor Jason Pankoke made rare public appearances at the inaugural Indie Art Convention & Film Festival in Savoy on July 14, 2018. Unfortunately, very few others took in the show.

Fresh CUZine ink is best aroma

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Out on the streets, constructive reading can be hard to come by. Luckily, Champaign-Urbana, we have a solution for you this holiday weekend! We also pay respects to our editor’s late uncle, a Navy veteran.

There will be hell toupée in D.C.

Friday, January 20th, 2017

It is rare for us to offer a rational lampoon on the politics of our day, but, here it is! We go top-heavy with humor as WILLIAM SHATNER LENT ME HIS HAIRPIECE jogs past memories and jib-jabs a presidential transition of power.

IOW: DP did BLOOD work in C-U

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

From the “Images of the Week” Dept.: Two titans of cinematography, gone. Three footnotes in Champaign-Urbana film history, remembered. Four rare archival photos, presented in full FLESH AND BLOOD.

FOW: Bowie exits EARTH for stars

Friday, January 15th, 2016

In the premiere of our “Flicker of the Week” Dept.: British superstar David Bowie left five decades’ worth of artistic output here on planet Earth, including two curious fantasy films playing local theaters this weekend.